Step inside the life and times of the surfing’s greatest comeback story, Owen Wright.
15 months ago, Owen Wright suffered a severe brain injury at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. It had the potential to not only end his career, but his life. And at the start of the year, no one knew what was coming.
After a year-long absence from competition, Owen Wright has just confirmed that he will accept the injury wildcard for the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour. This comes after a long road to recovery from the serious head injury he suffered at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore in December of 2015.
Owen Wright will make his return to competitive surfing from a brain injury at next month’s event at Merewether despite doubts over the timeframe for his comeback.
Owen Wright announced he is officially withdrawing from the remainder of the 2016 Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour in order to focus entirely on his rehabilitation efforts for the head injury he suffered last December in the lead up to the Pipeline Masters.
In Africa for the Tour, Matt Wilkinson and Owen Wright head Deep South and rubber up against all things Dark Continent. We’d been in J-Bay and since we were both out of the running for the WSL event we thought, well sweet; we’re in a good part of the world for wearing wetsuits and finding some space to ourselves so we thought: Let’s go searching.
There’s an old saying that goes: “Before you get the princess, you have to slay the dragon”… In this story Louie Hynd finds his own princess of a left with only him and the sea life to share it with, but not before he slayed the dragon that is Teahupo’o with brother and sister combo Owen and Tyler Wright. We kick off in the jaws of the beast with Owen in full attack mode…
In the latest edit entitled RAGE, Mikey Wright has spent his three week stint on the North Shore. Filmed by Wade Carroll, edited by Wade and Jimmy Graham, Mikey hops between Rockies and Pipe and puts on one helluva three minutes.
“Hey Grom!” When you’re the youngest in the house, these words are often barked your way. But when you’re bunking in with the likes of 3 x World Champ Mick Fanning, Matt Wilkinson, Owen Wright, Kekoa Balcaso and current World Champ Gabriel Medina, it’s all worth it. Joe Van Dijk treats us to an insight of what it’s like being the grom in the house, along with seeing some foot to the floor hardcore surfing.matt
According to Rip Curl Team Manager Ryan Fletcher and the World Surf League, Wright’s wipeout gave him minor bleeding in the brain along with the concussion.